The Dodge 318 V-8 engine was produced by the Flint, Michigan-based Chrysler Corporation, now Chrysler LLC, from 1967 to 2002. The 318 was not just limited to Dodges, but also powered Plymouth and Chrysler cars as well. The engine was remarkably efficient, durable and proved to be Chrysler’s mainstay for many of its vehicles over the decades.
Chrysler was known for its superiority in engine technology over Ford and General Motors. The automaker produced a wide variety of six-cylinder and V-8 engines. Chrysler’s Slant-6 served as a base engine for many of the low-end Dodge and Plymouth offerings in the early 1960s. In 1964, Chrysler introduced the 273-cubic-inch V-8. It was designated an “LA” for a “lightweight” A-type engine. It produced up to 235 horsepower.